CLEVELAND — Center Spencer Hawes will not be returning to the Cavaliers. The unrestricted free agent agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract Friday with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Yahoo was the first to report the transaction, which could ultimately result in a sign-and-trade with Cleveland in order to preserve salary cap space for Los Angeles.
Hawes averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27 games with Cleveland after being acquired in a Feb. 20 trade with Philadelphia.
The 7-footer also ranked 10th in the NBA with a .416 3-point percentage, which made him highly valued by teams looking for a perimeter-shooting “big” this summer.
Hawes is the second UFA to leave the Cavaliers since the start of free agency Tuesday. Players can formally sign contracts — and teams may complete sign-and-trade agreements — on Thursday.
Shooting guard C.J. Miles agreed to a four-year, $18 million pact with the Pacers two days earlier, leaving small forward Luol Deng as Cleveland’s lone available free agent.